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ERIC Number: ED554061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-31
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1880-845X
Using Still Images for Written English Communication. Part 1
Wood, David John
Online Submission, Journal of Chikushijogakuen University n9 p25-41 Jan 2014
The purpose of this study is to assess student response to teaching English for written communication in a Japanese university context by using students' own photographs instead of textbooks. Thirty Japanese college freshmen English majors of similar ability studying writing receive monthly assignments to use their own photographs to write about based on a Dogme approach as one form of Active Learning. Their reactions will be assessed via questionnaires to determine how they evaluate this approach as opposed to a conventional textbook-based class. The results will be checked against school wide evaluations to assess if the students respond similarly or not, as well as to compare them to other writing class students' evaluations. The resulting responses will indicate the level of approval or otherwise for the method both in the numerical ratings that students give to the approach as well as in their detailed comments which will be included for reference. Subject to positive feedback in the initial study, a follow-up study to incorporate students' recommendations may be deemed appropriate to confirm whether or not the same approach would motivate subsequent classes and to determine if the method can be improved. If students indicate that they want to interact more with each other, the method could be developed by increasing peer feedback from an early stage in the form of composing questions to each other to clarify meaning and produce more detailed explanations, in addition to the teacher's recommendations about making content more culturally transparent. Two appendices contain: (1) Textbook Examples of Other Writing; and (2) Student Writing Samples.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan